07/14/2006 Hosting Industry News Briefing

Here’s your hosting industry briefing for 07/14/2006

Site5 Offers Domain Name Registration

Site5, a provider of hosting solutions, announced that they are now offering domain name registration services for their customers. Pricing for domains through the company will begin at $8.88 per year for a one year registration.

According to the company, they “decided to offer this service because profit margins on domain names were next to nothing, especially with some companies going so far as to give them away for free, so it seemed like an opportunity Site5 couldn’t afford to pass up. In addition, Site5 feels that the simplified interface part of its Backstage Account Manager software will allow clients to both purchase new domains and transfer old ones through a seamless process.”

“Sure, we realize you can buy domain names from anyone for almost nothing nowadays,” says Rod Armstrong, president of Site5. “But why would you do that when you can easily buy them through Site5’s revolutionary, fancy-looking AJAX-based Domain Manager?”

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XRamp Offers Free SSL Certificates

XRamp, a provider of digital SSL certificates, announced that they are planning a $100,000 SSL giveaway during HostingCon 2006.

According to the company, “The promotion is open to all current cPanel customers, and will run until $100,000 worth of XRamp ‘Basic SSL’ certificates are given out or August 31st, 2006, whichever comes first. cPanel customers need to visit the booth #326 at the conference where they will be given a free redemption card to use online at any time. An online form will validate and verify the customer’s current cPanel account prior to them receiving their certificate.”

“XRamp is excited to be participating at this year’s HostingCon as a Gold Sponsor, so we decided to do something to celebrate our partnership with cPanel,’ said Scott Harris, President of XRamp. “As one of our strategic partners, cPanel is the industry standard for control panel technology, and this contest is simply a way of saying ‘thank you’ to their customers for our combined successes.”

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MIVA Partners with SWSoft

MIVA, a well known provider of ecommerce solutions, announced that they are partnering with SWSoft, a provider of automation software. The partnership will allow SWSoft to resell MIVA services through their popular Plesk control panel.

“MIVA is excited to offer Plesk users an opportunity to quickly and easily build an online store,” said James Harrell, Vice President and General Manager of MIVA Small Business. “As Plesk is a leading control panel for Windows and Linux, and SWsoft has a proven track record of performance, we expect this will be a long and productive relationship.”

“MIVA has increased the simplicity and adoption for small- and medium-sized businesses to successfully growing their online stores,” said Kurt Daniel, Vice President, marketing and alliances for SWsoft. “The addition of a leading e-commerce package like MIVA Merchantâ„¢ 5 and MIVA Merchant Fastâ„¢ Track will provide our customers a comprehensive solution including integrated credit card processing, advanced catalog, customer and order management systems.”

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C I Host Increases Security

C I Host, a hosting company, announced that they have increased security measures for all of their servers. All of their servers are now PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant. In order to accept credit cards, ecommerce site managers must host their sites on servers that have been certified as PCI compliant.

“This is huge for e-commerce sites, which must be able to assure their customers that they can use credit cards safely and not fear that the information they provide might be put to fraudulent use,” said Christopher Faulkner, CEO of C I Host. “If a business is hosting its data on a server that isn’t PCI compliant, the firm’s merchant account provider can shut the account down and refuse to allow the firm to take credit cards.”

In addition to these measures, CI Host is also employing a full-time security guard at their data center to ensure that their customer’s data is protected around the clock.

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